Every summer I make a list of books I need to read that end up being almost as long as a novel itself. I have every intention of getting through a book a week but then, real life happens. Here are the books I actually made it through and my thoughts on each:
The Girls, Emma Cline
This was the most “anticipated” book that I read this summer, and it didn’t disappoint. Loosely based on the Manson cult murders in the late 1960’s, Cline’s protagonist Evie somehow manages to remain relatable. It was creepy in the best possible way. Just don’t read it right before bed.
The Magicians, Lev Grossman
I love Harry Potter and the Narnia series (nerd alert) so I really really wanted to like this series, said to be the more “adult” version of children’s magical fantasies. I just couldn’t get into it and found a lot of the teenage angst irritating.
River Of Darkness, Rennie Airth
I am a huge fan of British murder mysteries, and this one was such a page turner.I loved how it included the perspective of both the detective and the murderer and delved into the mindset surrounding the crimes in a time when the police deeply mistrusted psychology as a science.
Modern Lovers, Emma Straub
I really enjoyed Straub’s latest, which deals with the emotions and heartbreaks of teenagers and their parents as they come of age in Brooklyn. Such a fun, sweet, and entertaining read.
I’m currently working on Love & Friendship, an unfinished Jane Austen work that Whit Stillman has kindly completed. Only a few more weeks of summer left!
Are any of you reading anything awesome? I’d love to know!
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